Follow our adventures as we explore Europe with kids! In summer 2023, we took our three kids to Europe to visit Paris (France), England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. We saw the Eiffel Tower and went to the top. We also stayed in a castle in Cumbria, England. Of course, we had to explore the UK countryside in Scotland and Wales. We invite you to watch our videos to see the highlights of our family travel adventures!
Paris, France – Explore Europe with Kids
Our adventures exploring Paris with kids included visiting the Eiffel Tower and taking family photos in front of it. We enjoyed lots of amazing baked goods and tarts at French bakeries. One afternoon we visited the Palace of Versailles and toured Marie Antoinette’s home. We also went to Parc floral de Paris and spent a few hours wandering around the garden paths. Last but not least, we saw the Arc de Triomphe and iconic Banksy street art inspired by Napoleon Crossing the Alps.
Cumbria, England Family Adventure
After boarding the Eurostar train and traveling to the UK, we spent a day in London, followed by heading north to Cumbria in North West England. Here we stayed for a few nights at Augill Castle, which is a beautiful bed and breakfast inside a restored castle. We also tried out ghyll scrambling in the Lake District, which involved putting on water resistant suits and shoes. We hiked to the start of a number of shallow streams and small waterfalls, and proceeded to wade and slide down the ghyll scrambling route. This wet hike was definitely a highlight of our family adventures in Cumbria!
Knaresborough, England Family Adventure
Next on our Europe trip with kids, we visited Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, England. Here we stayed in a family’s home through Trusted Housesitters, and we watched their pet dog for two weeks. Additionally, we saw the annual Knaresborough bed race. This competitive event was a fun glimpse of local community color. We also went to the historic Wednesday Market in the Knaresborough town square. Nearby, we hiked through Brimham Rocks National Trust and climbed some rock formations with our kids.
Wales Hobbit House – Explore Europe with Kids
Once we arrived in Wales, we stayed in a hobbit house through Airbnb. You can also book a stay through the Holiday Wales website. The hobbit house was a really unique place to stay in Wales and our kids loved it! We also went on a riverbed walk in the Elan Valley and saw an immense old dam. Watch our video to see more of our adventures as we explore Europe with kids!